Education & Research

Education at St Cuthbert’s Hospice

St Cuthbert’s Hospice is an active member of the regional Hospice Human Resources and Educational Collaborative that aims to strengthen investment in and delivery of hospice training and the commissioning of specialist palliative care and end of life training. 

We have well-established links with local Universities in the region in particular Northumbria and Teesside Universities from which we accept students from nursing and allied health programmes on practice placements. A number of our qualified nursing team have undertaken mentorship training and periodic update to support students on placement.  We are aiming to grow this number so that we can support students from other professional disciplines.

We have developed strong links with colleagues in the Continuing Workforce Development and postgraduate studies team at Northumbria University.  We have signed a memorandum of cooperation to support the development and strengthening of our research activity with the long-term aim of becoming a research active / practice development Hospice.  To date we have two funded evaluative research projects in partnership with the University:

The hospice has been increasingly active at projecting our work to our peer networks at international, national and regional level with staff speaking or presenting posters at a number or conferences and workshops as follows:

Past conference and poster presentations:

Conference presentations and poster displays for 2018:

Conference speakers:

(*Health Estates and Facilities Management Association)

Publications:

We are committed to ensuring our work is promoted to the wider palliative and end of life care community, our aim being to increase our contribution to sharing practice development and innovation published articles.

Recent and future educational activity

On 24 January 2018, we hosted a regional Sue Ryder Care supported study day exploring the ‘Human Rights Act’ and the implications for palliative and end of life care practice.

We regularly host Northumbria University Palliative Care Masterclasses the last session Contemporary ‘Challenges in Palliative Care’ was held on 15 December 2017 the next master class is planned for:

We host the Annual Hospice UK North East regional roadshow for Chairs of Hospices, Trustees, Chief Executives and Senior Managers with this year’s event scheduled for 20 June 2018.

Supporting Service transformation and delivery

To support our programme of service transformation and delivery we have invested significantly in developing our teams.

Internal training:

St Cuthbert’s Hospice Human Resources Team plan induction and mandatory training for staff and volunteers with regular dates across the year as follows:

Non-Clinical

Annual programme of dates for delivery are June 2018, September 2018, December 2018 and March 2019 the specific date to be confirmed.

The non-clinical training can be delivered via assessed workbook, e-learning or taught study days and covers a range of topics including:                                         

(Admin, Retail, Development, Finance, HR, FST, Guest Services)     

Training area

Significance

Anti-Radicalisation

Mandatory

Non-clinical Moving & Handling

Mandatory

Fire Safety

Mandatory

Health & Safety

Mandatory

Equality & Diversity

Mandatory

Infection Control

Mandatory

Information Governance(workbook/e-learning)

Mandatory

Safeguarding Children & Adults

Mandatory

 

Catering staff

Training area

Significance

Anti-Radicalisation

Mandatory

Non-clinical Moving & Handling

Mandatory

Fire Safety

Mandatory

Health & Safety

Mandatory

Equality & Diversity

Mandatory

Infection Control

Mandatory

Information Governance(workbook/e-learning)

Mandatory

Safeguarding Children & Adults

Mandatory

Food hygiene

Mandatory

The topics covered for Hospice Induction need only be completed once whereas mandatory training requires updates on a regular basis or where otherwise stated.  Induction also includes the following:

Topic

Approaches to learning

Care Quality Commission

Workbook

Security

Workbook

Communications

Workbook

Dealing with Grief

On-site training

Professional Boundaries

On-site training

Compassionate Responses

On-site training

Dementia Awareness

On-site training

Everything in Place

On-site training

Mental Health Awareness

On-site training

Code of Conduct for Health Care Assistants (HCA’s only)

On-site – delivered at local level in the department

1-1 meetings with all members of the SMT

Line manager to arrange for staff only (within 2 weeks of starting in post)

1-1 meetings with managers of key staff from relevant departments

Line Managers to arrange for staff and volunteers where applicable

Hospice Induction checklist (staff only) includes topics such as:

Introduction to St Cuthbert’s, Job Role, Conditions of Employment, Equal opportunities/Training and Development, Health and Safety, General rules, Communication

Line Managers and other appropriate managers to complete with new employee

Hospice Induction checklist (Volunteer only) includes topics such as:

Introduction to St Cuthbert’s, The volunteer role, volunteer agreement, Equal opportunities/support and feedback, Health and Safety, General rules/welfare facilities , Communication

Line Managers and other appropriate managers to complete with volunteer within 2 weeks of commencement in role

Clinical

The proposed dates are subject to confirmation

Mandatory clinical training is specially designed to support medical, nursing and allied health professional staff maintain and update practice/research developments in palliative and end of life care and affirm clinical competence in core skills for practice a typical programme includes:

Clinical Staff (Doctors, Nurses, Admiral Nurse, HCA, OT’s, Physiotherapists)

Training area    

Significance

Clinical Moving & Handling

Mandatory

Fire Safety

Mandatory

Health & Safety

Mandatory

Equality & Diversity

Mandatory

Clinical Infection Control

Mandatory

Information Governance (NHS e-learning access)

Mandatory

Safeguarding Children & Adults

Mandatory

Food hygiene (Nurses & HCA’s only)

Mandatory

Blood Transfusion (Nurses/Doctors/Admiral nurse only)

Mandatory

Blood Transfusion Awareness (HCA’s only)

Mandatory

CPR, basic life support & anaphylaxis

Mandatory

Medicines Management Competencies (Nurses only)

Mandatory

Clinical skills and competence are maintained with regular training throughout the year on venepuncture, catheterisation, wound care and medical gases, symptom control etc.Staff are also updated about developments / advances in end of life care planning including the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty.

Annual programme of dates for delivery are June 2018, September 2018, December 2018 and March 2019 the specific date to be confirmed.

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